About Luke Wirkkala

Those who know Luke describe him as intelligent, friendly, funny, a “book worm”, respectful, and repeatedly: a great mediator and someone with an uncanny ability to de-escalate situations. Luke was never a fighter, aggressive, or violent, but he was no pushover. When Luke witnessed an injustice, he intervened appropriately to protect those around him.

Investigative reports detail interviews with Luke’s former coworkers, friends, teachers, and even his wife’s ex-boyfriend, who depict him in nothing but the most positive light. Luke, a dependable, kind, smart young man. Luke, a man whose previous girlfriends have nothing but kind, loving words of friendship and respect. Luke, stepping in to protect two women from a man assaulting them in the street, and waiting with them until the cops arrive. Luke, star student, journalist, and citizen.

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“No one should have to experience the trauma that Luke is still going through. The world would be a better place with him as a free man in it. Luke deserves to heal the wounds inflicted on him by our justice system, and to get back to his life…”

Quotes from former girlfriends, teachers, friends, and employers.

Never aggressive or violent…

Very dependable, polite, and a hard worker…

Smart, funny, and kind…

Never verbally or physically abusive…

Fantastic sense of humor…

Strong friendship, not just a romantic relationship…

Kind hearted, generous, very approachable, thoughtful...

The world would be a better place with him as a free man in it...

Education & Achievements

Washington State University Magna Cum Laude
Graduated with a 3.8 GPA in History
Clatsop Community College
3.9 GPA & Dean’s List
Washington Press Association
1st Place Winner: Excellence in Student Journalism Competition
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Winner of various scholarships and grants at high school graduation and throughout college

Professional

Journalist
Rain Magazine
Professional Photographer
The Daily Astorian, Coast Weekend, The Chinook Observer, Active Lives, Northwest Coast Magazine, Oregon Coast Magazine, and more.
Gallery Exhibition
Old Town Framing in Astoria, Oregon
Real Estate Investor

Affiliations

Lifetime Member
Chinook Lutheran Church

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